While Tommy DeVito was chomping on a chicken cutlet on the sidelines of Monday’s game, DeVonta Smith reached 1,000 receiving yards on the season (so far). This feat marks his second season having done so in three years, after falling 84 yards shy of the mark as a rookie. While this feat caught the attention of national broadcasters, A.J. Brown was busy setting another record: with his 96th catch of the season, he usurped Smith for the most receptions by an Eagles wide receiver in franchise history. He finished the day with 101 total catches on the season, ranking second all-time among Eagles players.Eagles' A.J. Brown has tasteless reaction to win over Giants - A to Z Sports

And he’s not done yet.

With two games to play, A.J. Brown sits 15 receptions shy of the team’s single-season record. Enter Zach Ertz — that’s the man to beat if you want the title. With 116 catches in 2018, Ertz shattered Brian Westbrook’s previous mark of 90 that had stood since 2007 when Bush was still president(!). Ertz still sits 10 receptions shy of Harold Carmichael’s all-time franchise record (589) as rumors swirl of a potential reunion between the tight end and Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, A.J. Brown is on pace to finish with approximately 114 catches – two behind Zach Ertz. However, he is facing a middling Arizona defense (14th vs. WRs) and gets a mouth-watering rematch against New York (27th vs. WRs). With a schedule as soft as this to finish the season, Brown has every chance at breaking Zach Ertz’s franchise record.

Doing so would be a well-deserved honor: in his two seasons in Philadelphia, A.J. Brown has already put up two of the top seven highest single-season reception totals the city has ever witnessed. If he crests Zach Ertz, he will make up two of the top five such seasons. For a receiver who already boasts the most receiving yards in a single Eagles season, Brown would be a fitting name to find atop these standings.

Brown would need eight catches in each of the next two games to break the record, but has not reached that figure in either of the last two contests. That said, he has caught at least eight passes in six of the 15 games this year – nearly half (or just over a third, if you’re a pessimist).

If Jalen Hurts wants to help his friend into the history books, look for A.J. to get peppered against the Cardinals. And again against the Giants.

And whatever happens, A.J. Brown has already established himself as one of Philadelphia’s all-time greatest pass-catchers.

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